You either love or hate the special one Jose Mourinho. After reading this you will have a new respect for the man. After making a football fans dream come true.
Abel arrived in Madrid with no ticket to the game, and worse, no place to stay. He sat on the roadside outside of the Bernabeu for five hours. Then…serendipity.
“It was a miracle that I saw him,” Mourinho said. “I saw Abel seated on the road outside the training ground. I was leaving in my assistant Rui Faria’s car, and there are always a lot of people outside. But I told Rui, ‘Stop! It’s the guy from Los Angeles.’”
“Amigo! What are you doing here?” Mourinho asked.
“I came to visit you guys,” Rodríguez replied. “It’s my first time in Europe, and my dream has been to come and see games. I was hoping to see El Clásico.”
After Abel told Jose his predicament, Mourinho set him up in Real Madrid’s luxury hotel and got him a ticket for the game. At dinner the night before the game, Mourinho told Rodriguez his trip wouldn’t end with El Clasico.
“I told him, ‘No way, you come to Manchester with us and work as a kit man,’” Mourinho said. “‘You help us and you live a bigger dream, a Champions League match from the inside!’”
Rodriguez told Mourinho he’s love to, but that he would naturally pay for everything. Mourinho’s response? A bucketful of awesome.
Mourinho shook his head and smiled. “When you’re with me in Europe, you don’t pay for s—.”
A truly amazing story.